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Q.storing lilly garden

Zone Des Moines, Iowa | Anonymous added on June 28, 2017 | Answered

I live in zone 5. We are moving in the spring and I want to dig up my lilies and move them with me, but not replant till that next fall. When should I pull the bulbs? How do I clean the bulbs for storage? What medium should I lay the bulbs in? Is it similar to tulip storage? I have Surprise, Asiatic, and Candy lilies and tons of tulips. Approx 600 bulbs total. My friend told me to dig them all in September and use a brush to clean off all dirt, lay flat and let bulb dry. Then layer in a box with cedar chips and separate layers with newspaper. Then store box in closet. checking it monthly for soft bulbs to toss. Is this a proper storage method? Will the cedar chips harm my bulbs? What do you suggest?

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